Hip Open Mind-Open Ears Hop / by Randy Ortiz

It was hard for me to stand anything with DJ Khaled, didn't understand Future, have trouble attempting to listen anything Soulja Boy or Gucci Mane... didn't know what a Desiigner was and always tried to pay more attention to lyrical emcees over anything. That part.

Something's changed. 

No matter how basic or unnecessarily convoluted that emcees flow is, it has a persona and even if you don't understand them it doesn't mean that you can't feel anything when you listen to a song. Some tracks and artists are solely here to get you amped up, inspire you and even make you feel invincible, does that negate their effect or contribution to Hip-Hop? Don't think so. Step off that real Hip-Hop soapbox bullshit and open your ears up, what you like today wouldn't have happened if folks discriminated (hated) the beginnings of this genre.

Would I write off Nas for a dope beat? Never BUT they have their place and mood which emanates, don't neglect it because you just might have some fun (shocking I know) with it. I've been enjoying Future, Lil Uzi Vert and even that new DJ Khaled Major Key album is getting plays. What if Jonzun Crew, The Egyptian Lover, Cold Crush Brothers, Sugarhill Gang, Rammellzee, Love bug Starski and Warp 9 never happened because no one gave them a chance and weren't considered? Think about that while you also ponder why it's wack to be happy or positive in a damn song.

Oh... that ScHoolboy Q video up there? Let it play and soak it up 'cause you need this.